Day 3

Finally screwed up Sudoku. Not pleased with self.



This, friends and neigbours, is what a mayor oughtta look like.



Bored at work on Monday? This oughtta be fun:

In his new book, "It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good," Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) argues that it is the family unit, rather than the federal government, that should make up the foundation of a fair society. He says that public policy should reflect this principle through conservative statestmanship as a means of addressing social and economic problems.

Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) will be online Monday, July 25, at 1 p.m. ET to discuss his new book, "It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good."

Confused by the post title? Here, and, while you're at it, here.

New Toy



Pigs Fly, Cats Bark,

and Tom Friedman writes a column that makes a lot of sense:
The real issue is that we have slipped into a symbiotic relationship with another major power that is neither a free market nor a democracy. We have both grown dependent on that relationship - the U.S. for cheap goods and cheap mortgages, and China for high employment and regime stability. We now have to adjust the bargain at the heart of that relationship.


L'etat, c'est Dubya

On Tuesday , the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is
scheduled to convene in Richmond to consider a question with vast
implications for civil liberties and the fight against terrorism:
whether the president can indefinitely detain, without criminal
charges, a U.S. citizen captured on American soil.
Gosh, I sure fucking hope not.


Here's a pop quiz!

Who said the following?
When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While
it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that...a seat of
academic, political, and cultural liberalism...lies at the center of
the storm.
The answer? No, no, it wasn't Joseph Goebbels! No, not the Rev. Sun
Myung Moon, either! It was, of course, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Cocker


Bing, Bang,

A friend says:
Ever wonder what it looks like to be heading towards a comet at 23,000 miles per hour?


Trying Again

Really, I had some great stuff to post. I just...didn't. But it's still worth, rather than my prattling on, reading people's firsthand recountings of the London bomings on the Guardian newsblog.


When I Feel Like It

The cool bloggers do this on Fridays. I think, I don't even know anymore. I got no idea where I am. In any event, here are the 10 next songs playing on my computer right now, exhibiting excellently eclectic taste and all:

Your Latest Trick - Dire Straits
Soft Revolution - Stars
Speed Of Sound - Coldplay
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill - The Beatles
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
Little Miss Can't Be Wrong - Spin Doctors
Fistful of Steel - Rage Against the Machine
The Way Things Are - Fiona Apple
Nobody's Fault But My Own - Beck
El Scorcho - Weezer

Also: this.


New Procedures

As noted recently, most of my writing energy, right now, is going into another venue. That's cool. But I feel bad for neglecting JKDickel, like that nice kid that you just can't seem to hang out with enough, and then one day you realize it's been, like, a year since you've seen them, and you haven't returned like three phone calls, and jeez are you a dick, so I'm going to put at least one piece of content up here every day, starting today. More or less.

So, here's Cory Doctorow's succinct, excellent description of an damn cool new conception of intellectual property - and it's his:
This book is the first novel to employ the new Creative Commons Developing Nations License. That's a license that lets anyone living in a country that's not on the World Bank's list of high-income countries treat the book as if it were in the public domain. If you live in a developing nation, you can print your own editions of this book and sell them, you can make your own movies, radio plays, translations and whatever else you can think of, charge whatever the traffic will bear for them, and never give me a penny or ask my permission (though I hope you'll drop me a line and let me know what you're up to so I can keep up on the book's spread!). The only limitation on this right is that you may only export your works to other developing nations: the rich nations where my paying customers live are strictly off-limits.

Pretty cool.

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